Do you know that Thomson Road is also known as ”Chia Chui Kang” meaning “fresh water stream”
Other than the ‘iconic’ Thomson Plaza where parents sent their children to tuition and music classes, the Upper Thomson Road stretch is peppered with eateries from The Roti Prata House, Nam Kee Chicken Rice, Meng’s Kitchen, and Thai Hao Chi Mookata.
Not forgetting that Sin Ming’s popular kopitiams are just a short walk away.
There are also many brunch and coffee places where hipsters can literally café-hop an entire afternoon away. Or parents can choose want to have desserts, while waiting for your children to finish those never-ending enrichment classes.
Here are 12 cafes to visit at Upper Thomson Singapore:
183 Upper Thomson Road, The Longhaus #01-03 Singapore 574429
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 3pm (Thurs – Sun), Closed Mon – Wed
Woodlands Sourdough is known for their sourdough bread and brownies, which we argue may probably be one of the best in Singapore.
The new outlet bears some resemblance to their previous outlet, with racks of bread and display trays full of bakes.
With the white walls and the interior decorations, it felt like a bakery-café in San Francisco for that split second.
Apart from the usual brownies such as the Rye Hazelnut Almond Brownie ($5.50), some new items include the Tartine ($8) which is essentially a slice of their signature sourdough bread topped with fresh mozzarella, pesto and salad greens served alongside some roasted tomatoes.
246 Upper Thomson Road Singapore 574370
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
One of the reasons why this is called Molten Diners are the unique combination of sauces concocted by the chefs.
You will find anything from Gorgonzola Blue Cheese, Yuzu Butter, Pumpkin Salted Egg, Harisa Chilli Salsa, Karala Creamy White Pepper, Mushroom Swiss, to Japanese Katsu Curry sauces in the menu.
Aside from its meat and seafood specials, Molten Diners also includes a wide selection of appetisers, pasta, and desserts.
Each main comes with a choice of 2 sides, from Mac & Cheese, Baked Country Beans, Onion Rings, Curly Fries, Mash Potatoes to Baked Raisin Rice.
Go for ”The Twist” Lava Golden Crispy Fish Fillet ($14.90). This unique and creative dish features a golden-fried breaded fish fillet slathered with a cheese sauce then topped with mortar-pounded cheese-flavoured (real) Twisties.
185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333
Tel: +65 6397 5564
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)
Knockhouse Cafe? This is previously known as “Pacamara”. They used to serve Pacamera coffee beans (the coffee roasters from Thailand), but now offer their “own range of local flavour coffee beans”.
While it has rebranded and a new menu, it still retains its vibes, primary white interior (especially with natural daylight), and the barista bar.
Brunch is available from 9am to 5pm, with items such as Steak & Egg ($22), Breakfast Platter ($22), Buns & Eggs ($12), Duck Confit Hash ($20.50), Smoked Salmon Hash ($20.50), Seafood Croquette ($18.50), Egg Florentine ($18) and Mushroom on Toast ($17).
For a fuller meal, head for their mains of Pumpkin Gnocchi ($18), Seafood Croquette Burger ($18), Curry Chicken Burger ($15), Beef Burger ($20), Salmon Confit ($25) and Chicken Stew Pasta ($18).
4 Jalan Kuras Singapore 577723
Tel: +65 8411 7565
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Its location is not the most accessible, at 4 Jalan Kuras at Upper Thomson, of walking distance from Sembawang Hills Food Centre.
There are a few elements that would draw people to this humble establishment.
They micro-roast their own coffee, and the owners and staff sound very sincere and down-to-earth (hope they can remain that way!) I cannot vouch for its entire menu as it changes regularly, but online feedback has been positive.
Its main offerings include Hearty Chicken Stew ($16), Baked Eggs & Toast ($14), THUS Breakfast ($19), Salmon & Kale Toast ($17), Salmon Grain Bowl ($18), and Wagyu Beef Grain Bowl ($20).
The Creamy Chicken Leg Stew with herbed potatoes, carrots and zesty lime, served with toasted multigrain bread has been a crowd favourite.
This is not your everyday instagram-favourites, but should appeal to a certain generation who would like your soft potatoes and carrots with fall-off-the-bone drumstick. Thus Coffee (Jalan Kuras)
Columbus Coffee Co.
220 Upper Thomson Rd Thomson Garden Estate, Singapore 574352
Tel: +65 6253 6024
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Tues – Sat), 9am – 7pm (Sun), Closed Mon
It is a bold step to open a new café in an area already swarming with a dozen others, but it definitely stands out. You should find yourself liking the general vibe as soon as you step in. It has a spacious seating area, looking chic and neat.
There are no so-called recommended items, but some dishes that appealed included Mushrooms on Sourdough ($14), Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($14.50), Mussels with Coconut Lemongrass & Ale ($17), Heart Meatballs On Toast ($18), Brown Butter Sardine Crumb Pasta ($18), to sweets of Butterscotch Banana Pancake ($18.50), Peanut Butter & Berries ($14) and Earl Grey Caramel Waffle ($12.50).
The Summer Chicken Stew ($18) seemed like an obvious choice.
This dish had a slight Asian-take as it reminded me of a home-cooked meal with roasted potatoes and carrots, except that the gravy was not as creamy as I imagined. Columbus Coffee Co. (Upper Thomson)
PocoLoco – Upper Thomson
215F Upper Thomson Road Singapore 574349
Tel: +65 8436 3363
Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm – 3pm, Dinner 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 12pm – 10pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
Tucked away in the Upper Thomson neighbourhood, you could easily miss it if you don’t pay attention.
PocoLoco is known to take quality Italian-sourced ingredients and transform them into affordably-priced dishes.
A must-try pasta is PocoLoco’s Mentaiko ($14.90).Enjoy this pasta with a Japanese-inspired cream sauce with mentaiko (marinated cod roe) from the Chubu region of Japan.
The spicy cod roe which imparts that orange-pink colour, giving it slight spiciness which complements the buttery, creamy sauce.
223 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574355
Tel: +65 6456 2567
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Habitat Coffee is one of the main-stayers along Upper Thomson Road.
If you are looking for hearty food servings with fresh roasted coffee, artisanal cakes and desserts, this should be for you.
It is a quaint little place just right for warm brunches and regular caffeine fixes. You will find a variety of Asian cuisines from Japanese fusion rice bowls to the Asian infused desserts and pastas.
For brunch, go for the Pulled Pork Benedict ($16) with 8 hours slow cooked pork shoulder and homemade citrus hollandaise sauce, Scrambled Chilli Eggs, Cajun Prawn Melted Toasties or Truffle Salmon Scrambled Eggs.
Apart from this, they have authentic Arabica coffee beans roasted locally and freshly grinded on demand, best paired with their home baked Matcha Molten green tea lava cake with green tea gelato.
One Man Coffee
215R Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574349
Tel: +65 9658 1685
Opening Hours: 9am – 4pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
Simple and classy, One Man Coffee specializes in artisanal coffee.
One Man Coffee shares the same space with Garçons, operating in the prime working hours and bringing wholesome food items.
The café is simple with minimalistic, with classy furnishing and antique display cabinet with a variety of cakes and pastries.
They serve their specialty coffee with Nylon Coffee Roasters and their chocolate beverages are made with rich premium African Cocoa from Grounded Pleasures from Australia.
For their All-Day Brunch, go for the Croissant with Scrambled Eggs with Mixed Greens or Sweet Potato Fries ($10), Baked Eggs Cocotte ($12), Ham & Truffle Cream Cheese Coirssant ($10), or Furikake Mushroom Pasta topped with Onsen Egg ($12).
222 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574354
Tel: +65 9744 0504
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
Cafe by day, bistro bar by night, Belo Café is collaboration between Les Patisseries and PizzaFace, a 60-seater area which is great for individual hang outs as well as gatherings and events.
While it is known for its pastries, tarts, cakes and waffles, there is actually quite an extensive all-day savoury menu which serves up Chicken Parmigiana ($17), Fish and Chips ($19), Duck Confit ($21), Lamb Shank (23).
Its two best-selling Waffles include the Thai Milk Tea Ice Cream on Earl Grey Waffles ($17) and Horffles($14) – vanilla waffles with Horlick ice cream, powder and sauce.
Their Waffle Ispahan ($15) is also like a work of art, essentially rose waffle topped with double scoops of rose and lychee sorbet, fresh and pureed lychees, and raspberries along with edible rose petals and macarons.
I See Cream
Thomson V2, 11 Sin Ming Road, #01-14, Singapore 575629
Opening Hours: 2pm – 11pm (Tue – Thu, Sun), 2pm – 2am (Fri – Sat), Closed Mon
Taking over the space of a nail art salon at Upper Thomson V Two, the 22 seaters (8 indoors, 14 outdoors) space at I See Cream has a simplistic interior, decked in grey and white.
There were 12 gelato flavours available when I visited, such as Premium flavours ($5 per scoop, $20 per pint) such as Pistachio, Valrhona Dark Chocolate, Lychee Raspberry, Coconut, Yuzu, Biscoff and Spacial flavours ($4 per scoop, $16 per pint) that include Mango, White Peach Yogurt, Soursop, Blueberry, Rock Melon and Chocolate Chip.
The single scoop of Biscoff Gelato ($5) was served with Herb & Spice infused Belgian Waffle ($3.50) and edible Gold flakes were added as a nice finishing touch.
Made using bits of Lotus Biscoff biscuits, it added a firmer bite to the smooth, creamy and sticky texture of the gelato, adding some malty sweetness to the overall taste. I See Cream (Thomson)
215B Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574349
Tel: +65 9688 9211
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
Thrive is a concept by Boxgreen and An Acai Affair, and serves up signature acai bowls, smoothies, and toasts.
It is a slightly quiet place, and students seem to love to ‘park’ here to do their revisions.
Three types of toasts are available – Berry Crunchy ($5.90), You Butter Believe ($5.90), and Bravocado ($6.90) served on toasted sourdough bread.
The Triple A Acai ($5.90, $8.90, $13.90) come served with fresh fruits, granola, chia seeds, cacao nibs, coconut shavings, pumpkin seeds, almond flakes and goji berries.
All bowls come with a drizzle of honey, cookie butter, peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter.
Its acai bowls is said to be undiluted with liquids such as apple juice or coconut water, and therefore contains a higher concentration of acai pulp.
[Closed] The Coffee Roaster Cafe & Academy
205 Upper Thomson Road, Yew Lian Park, Singapore 574345
Tel: +65 8661 1035
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 6pm (Tue – Sun), Closed Mon
The Coffee Roaster is a specialty coffee company, and has opened a new outlet at Upper Thomson.
What is noteworthy that it was founded back in 2014 by Ang Swee Heng when he was 20 years old.
The Upper Thomson outlet also houses its production centre for handcrafted cookies by The Baker’s Gallery – baked with 60% less butter and sugar.
For coffee, go for the Honey Latte ($5.50 got hot, $6 for iced) which accentuates the chocolate notes of their house-blend coffee; or Pourover Coffee ($6.50).